Finding New Roads With Chevrolet
As the days grow shorter, the wide-open freedom of the desert beckons–so I jumped in the new 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback and headed east on a quest to find new roads and maybe discover a thing or two about myself. After all, this is the year of realizing stuff.
Set against the arid and airy backdrop of the Coachella Valley Desert, my flannels, textured sweaters and poppy linens came to life in a palette of sandy neutrals, sky blue hues, bright oranges, browns and deep olives borrowed straight from the desert. More outfit photos on Instagram.
Teva is my favorite shoe for off-roading and road-trips not just for their comfortable fit but also for their versatile design. Options were needed, obviously.
The Parker Palm Springs — vacationer’s paradise? You bet. Set on 13 acres of perfectly manicured gardens, with chic Jonathan Adler-decorated interiors, this is quite a special hotel. Where else could you unwind on a hammock set atop a sandbox in your own private patio? Or indulge your epicurean side with campfire fine dining complete with s'mores station, a full bar and a DJ. But then again, being spoiled like this isn’t such a bad thing, is it?
The yucca palms is generally the reason you come to Joshua Tree, and it is indeed worth the trip. My favorite thing about this National Park are the gigantic gardens that alternate between perfectly manicured and romantically disheveled Joshua Trees which are accompanied by hills of bare rock that are usually broken up into giant loose boulders. Exhilarating rock climbing with a stunning view payoff.
OFFLINE IS THE NEW LUXURY
The cellphone service here is spotty and most of the roads aren’t paved, but the remoteness is among Joshua Trees’ greatest attributes. It’s the perfect destination to unplug and reconnect with nature. There’s no place like it.
During our visit we stayed in a quaint, dusty, single-story motel in a remote community named Pioneertown in the middle of the desert. Read about it here.
What’s a road-trip without music? I put together a Spotify playlist which synced seamlessly with the Chevy Cruze Apple CarPlay feature. What are you waiting for? Push play, fill your tank with gas, and go discover new roads.